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2s. 3d. and the daily fluctuations are considerable. English gold is, of course, everywhere accepted, but exchange for this is naturally given in the currency of the district. Then one is apt to find oneself burdened with more coins than are required, and there is the further risk of having spurious or "sweated" coin passed upon one. Money changing must be a lucrative business to the professional. Paper money is a filthy abomination.
It was five o'clock before we slowly wended our way out of this delightful harbour and bade farewell to this charming island a " the land of sweet waters." Another typhoon is signalled from the south, but we hope it will sweep across to the west before we cross its path. In a couple of days we shall be beyond the typhoon region altogether. It is a glorious evening, the western sky is scarlet with the sunset glow, and the declining sun brightens the mountains on the mainland, those peaks which prob-ably gave the name of Kau-lung, or Nine Dragons, to the ancient city of Kowloon, now with its old granite wall, in sight. Six miles separate it from the modern little town. We go at half-speed through the narrow Lee-mun Pass, which divides Hong-Kong from the mainland by a quarter of a mile only. The sea breeze strikes cold after the heat of Victoria. The colour-mg of the many tiny islands to the south of Hong-Kong is particularly beautiful in this subdued light.
We are now once more out upon the open sea
Whose faithful breast for ever heaving to the lovely moon bares itself to the noble Theseus in conscious pride ofWhose faithful breast for ever heaving to the lovely moon bares itself to the noble Theseus in conscious pride of